Thursday, April 26, 2012

Stripes: Equal Thirds

The next color pattern I devised using this method has three colors, where you change color every row.  I used this color pattern the stitch 20 and stitch 21 baby blankets.  I also made my Easter egg blanket with this technique.  With this color pattern, you have three balls of yarn constantly attached to your project: one on each end and the one you are actually working with.

It begins similarly to the two color stripe.  Chain, and work row 1 with color A.  At the end of the row do not cut color A, and tie on color B.  Use both color A and color B to complete the stitch

 Chain with color A and color B together.
 Release color A and work row 2 with color B.  At the end of row 2, tie on color C, do not cut  color B.  Finish the stitch with color B and color C together..

 Chain with color B and color C together

 Release color B and work row 3 with color C.  At the end of row 3, do not cut color C, work last stitch with both color A and color C.

 Chain with color A and color C together.
 Work each row, switching colors to the color available at each end of the rows.

A suggestion for not tangling your yarn as you go:  keep each color in a specific place, rotating as you change colors.  The current color should be in the middle, with the color just used on the right and the next color on the left. 

Before a border is added, you can see the colors running up both sides of the project.

This is disguised by the border.
Here's the pattern:
Chain 28
Row 1: dc in 4th chain from hook, dc across
Row 2-14: ch 3, turn, dc across
Round 1: sc around (3 sc in corner)
Round 2: sc around (3 sc in corner)

Rows 1, 4, 7, 10, 13 are in the red color.
Rows 2, 5, 8, 11, 14 are in the yellow color.
Rows 3, 6, 9, 12 are in the green color

 I made this using Sugar and Cream Country Yellow, Wine, and Sage Green yarn with a J hook.


  1. Neat! I like how open the pattern looks and the inviting colors.

  2. This is such a time saving technique!! Very clearly conveyed. And it looks beautiful!